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29th Sep 2021

Cristiano Ronaldo heroics secure important Champions League victory for Man United

Callum Boyle

Ronaldo saves the day… again

Cristiano Ronaldo scored a dramatic last-minute winner for Manchester United as they came from behind to secure a 2-1 win against Villarreal to take the pressure off manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

On a day when the superstar broke the record for the most appearances in the Champions League (178), it was the Portugal international who had the final say in the dying moments with a finish from a tight angle, sending Old Trafford into raptures.

It wasn’t all easy for the Red Devils, who had to come from behind after Unai Emery’s side took the lead through Paco Alcacer’s composed finish put the Spanish outfit deservedly in front.

United struggled to break the away side down but eventually found their equaliser not long after the hour mark through unlikely scorer Alex Telles, whose neat volley on the edge of the box nestled its way into the bottom right-hand corner to equalise.

With just seconds left, Bruno Fernandes’ whipped ball into the box found the head of Ronaldo who cushioned back to the path of Jesse Lingard, but whilst the substitute couldn’t finish, the ball bounced back the number seven, who thundered home to score the winner and give United their first three points of the Champions League this season.

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